Atlanta Hawks: Who Is a Free Agent This Offseason?

Dewayne Dedmon #14 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Vince Carter #15 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Vince Carter

Perhaps the most notable free agent acquisition last offseason – as opposed to a player acquired via trade or in the draft – was NBA legend and first-ballot Hall of Famer Vince Carter.

Carter, who spent the 2017-18 season with the Sacramento Kings, opted to sign with the Atlanta Hawks when almost any team in the league was on the table for Carter to sign the veteran’s minimum with.

Even at age 42, Carter was one of the most important players for the Atlanta Hawks and he logged 1330 minutes this season – the majority of which came off the bench (76 games played, only 9 starts).

Carter produced 7.4 points per game, 2.6 rebounds per game and 1.1 assists per game, but it was Carter’s leadership and basketball smarts (as well as defensive IQ) that was most important to the team.

With limited defensive personnel – headline by Trae Young and John Collins – Carter helped to steady the team off the bench with his wealth of experience and unflappable nature… though a few more “legacy” calls from referees would’ve been appreciated.

We have previously explored the reasons why the Vince Carter signing was terrific when it happened, and we have also expressed why re-signing Carter would be the right choice.

Vince has already stated he wants to return for his record-breaking 22nd season in the NBA, which would be more than Robert Parish, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett and former Hawks legend Kevin Willis accrued in their playing careers.

Please, Atlanta Hawks, re-sign NBA legend Vince Carter to one final season.